Vaccinating your dog- what, when and why!
Why do we recommend vaccinating your pet?
Routine vaccinations protect against several really nasty diseases, some of which could potentially kill your pet. Thanks to vaccination programmes cases of these diseases do not occur as frequently as they used to. Some diseases (such as distemper) are not seen in the Uk at present, others are confined to certain areas (e.g parvovirus) whilst some are wide spread and common (e.g leptospirosis).
What do we vaccinate against?
We advise routinely protecting your dog against a number of diseases. This core set of vaccinations include
Distemper – This disease is caused by a virus that is spread via saliva and other body fluids. It affects the nervous and respiratory systems and is often fatal.
Parvovirus – This virus affects the gastrointestinal system and is extremely contagious .It often affects puppies and can result in death.
Leptospirosis – This disease can kill both humans and dogs. It is a bacterial infection that spreads through exposure to infected urine and contaminated water courses.
Canine Infectious Hepatitis – This is caused by a virus that affects the liver, kidney, eyes and lungs of infected dogs. It is spread in urine, faeces and animals that have survived previous infections can become carriers. Infection can lead to death within hours of contracting the disease
Parainfluenza– This virus can cause Kennel Cough. It affects the respiratory system and is easily spread by air borne particles.
We also offer vaccinations against
Bordetella bronchiseptica- Another cause of Kennel cough. This results in a harsh, hacking cough in healthy dogs, and can lead to pneumononia in very old or young animals. This vaccine is often required if your pet is staying in Boarding Kennels.
Rabies - The UK is rabies free and we want to keep it that way! Any dog travelling abroad will need to have a rabies vaccination to protect them and fulfil legal criteria associated with pet travel.
When should you vaccinate?
For most dogs, vaccinations begin as puppies. We can use our core vaccines from 6 weeks of age. This first (or primary) course of vaccinations needs two injections 3-4 weeks apart. After this we would recommend yearly boosters to keep your pet protected.
Rabies and Kennel cough vaccinations are different, so we would recommend having a chat with a vet or nurse if your pet needs them.
It is important to keep up to date with jabs. If booster vaccinations lapse, we would recommend restarting from scratch (i.e another primary course), which can be costly and time consuming.